Suncoast Chapter Meeting Minutes for May 11, 2017


AIBD Suncoast Chapter

May 11th, 2017


Meeting called to order at 11:50 a.m. by Renato Carotti (Secretary).


AIBD Chapter officers:

Chair, Jenni Lewis, Dreamcatcher Building Designs (Sick)

Vice Chair, Paul Glaser, Glaser Designs

Secretary, Renato Carotti, Carotti Engineering


AIBD members present:

Kristen Bryant – Carotti Engineering

Steve Lewis – Lewis Consulting Services

Jon Levey – Simpson Strong Tie

Dale Lewis – Dale Lewis Consultant


NON-AIBD Members present:

Dick Pensivy – Lewis Consulting Services

Mike Loader – Quiktie

Mike Monville – Heritage Builders



  • Ren went over updates from AIBD
  • Kristen updated everyone on sending out emails to invite people to our meetings and who is coming up in the next few months for presenters…
    • June – Origin Doors & Windows (their product)
    • July – Tubular Skylight (their product)
    • August – Phantom Screens (their product)
  • Steve Lewis would like to have a presentation on construction law & copy rights
  • Steve Lewis would also like to hear about open and closed cell foam.
  • Drew Smith from Two Trails started his presentation at 12:15 p, & went till 1:17 pm.
    • Drew’s presentation was on “green” building which is now called sustainable building.
    • Drew is NOT a fan of closed cell foam for Florida. Closed cell in Florida should only be used when building a wine cooler & underside of a floor of a raised platform home.
    • Spray foam has fire retardant in it.
    • Ways to have a more sustainable home…
      • Natural landscaping
      • Native plants
      • Rain collector
      • Compost
      • Solar panels
      • Wind turbine
      • Light colored exterior walls & roof or metal roof
      • Energy efficient low impact windows and glass
      • High quality insulation & sealing (upgrading wall insulation does not help all that much)
      • Duct work sealed with Mastic on the inside
      • Central dehumidification system
      • Low flow & duel flush toilets
      • Energy star light fixtures & appliances
      • Minimize Carpet


Next Meeting:


Our presenter for June’s meeting on Thursday the 8th, 2017 is Steve Johnson from Origin Doors & Windows


Our presenter for July’s meeting on Thursday the 13th, 2017 is Tubular Skylight




***Bring someone with you.  Invite people!  Let’s grow our chapter!***



Meeting adjourned by Renato Carotti at 1:20 p.m.

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